Oyster Wars and Public Trust Wh: Property, Law and Ecology in New Jersey History / Edition 1

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Australia's Northern Territory is twice the size of Texas with a population less than one-tenth that of Houston. How could so vast a place be a setting for environmental abuse? American anthropologist Richard Symanski shows how the Outback's ecology has been drastically altered as Europeans, Aborigines, wild species, and introduced species make their impact on the land and on each other.

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"Whether your interest is in the relationship of working people to the law, American class structures, history, the role of law, public policy, or why not to believe economists, McCay's book is a well-argued and provocative work." —Anthropology of Work Review
Through the lens of anthropology and history, the author examines the culture of property and the evolution of property law, especially in regard to the public trust doctrine and the oyster beds of New Jersey. She discusses legal and extra-legal conflicts over the past two centuries between fisherman and oyster planters over the use and protection for use of the marine commons necessary to both industries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816518043
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie J. McCay is a professor of anthropology and ecology at Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Oystering in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century New Jersey 7
2 Oyster Wars and States' Rights 21
3 River Pirates of the Shrewsbury 30
4 Arnold v. Mundy and the Public Trust Doctrine 45
5 Proprietors, Oyster Wars, and the Invention of Tradition 58
6 Local Custom in the Delaware Shad Fisheries 84
7 Local Custom on the Banks of the Hudson 95
8 Alienation of the Public Trust 105
9 Riparian Rights and Oyster Wars on the Delaware Bay 116
10 Riparian Rights and Oyster Wars on the Mullica River 131
11 Commoners and Other Nuisances on the Raritan Bay 147
12 Comanaging and Enclosing the Commons 163
13 Luddites, Sunbathers, and the Public Trust 178
14 Conclusion 189
Notes 207
References Cited 219
Index 239
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